With the season on the line, the Warriors summoned a former offensive lineman.
RJ Hollis delivered an impassioned us-against-the-world speech that set the tone for one of the most spirited practices of the season.
The Warriors are 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the Mountain West following a stunning 35-21 loss to Nevada the past weekend.
“We were 4-7 last year, and we got a bowl ring, the first one 10 years,” Hollis said. “Football is a game of every Saturday counts.”
Hollis recalled when the Warriors reached the proverbial crossroads last year.
“You almost felt there was nothing else to play for,” Hollis said. “We had to do it together. We had to do it as a team. As a coaching staff and a unit of players, we all came together. And we did that ourselves.”
Hollis also said the critics should ease up.
“You don’t go to Alabama or Ohio State with a billon-dollar network,” Hollis said. “You’re at a Mountain West Division I school. We’re possible contenders in a not-Power-5 conference. People aren’t going to automatically love us. At the same time, I don’t think that gives people the right to just disrespect us. Yes, we lost. Teams lose. Ohio State lost at Ohio, and got (an Oklahoma) flag stomped on the 50-yard line. I know they still sold out the next week.”